118-Mile March From Charlottesville Reaches DC Demanding End to White Supremacy

“This is the time for us to stand up for justice and equality.”

By Jake Johnson, staff writer for Common Dreams. published 9-6-2017

“This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history,” the organizers of the march wrote. (Photo: Baynard Woods/Twitter)

The 118-mile March to Confront White Supremacy arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday after ten days of walking from Charlottesville, Virginia, the site of white supremacist violence that left one woman dead and many more injured. The march was organized to both denounce systemic racism and demand justice.

“We are marching from Charlottesville to Washington, D.C. to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found. It’s clear that we can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead,” the organizers wrote on their website ahead of the march. “This is the time for us to stand up for justice and equality. This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history.”

Marchers also denounced the Trump administration’s “senseless, heartless, and inhumane” decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“No papers, no fear, immigrants are welcome here,” marchers chanted as they arrived in the nation’s capitol.

“This march has been a powerful experience because it allowed me to join my brothers and sisters in the fight against white supremacy,” Ambar Pinto, a Dreamer who joined the march at its outset, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Following their arrival in D.C., the marchers joined a welcome rally of hundreds of people. Later Wednesday evening, the marchers will gear up to “launch wave after wave of nonviolent civil disobedience demanding Trump be removed from office and that an agenda be advanced that heals the wounds of white supremacy.”

Watch the marchers arrive in D.C.:

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